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A polar bear, a gun and a courtroom in Nunavut

Last Updated Apr 22, 2019 at 10:51 am EDT

ARCTIC. AUGUST 13, 2015. A polar bear walking on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS

In Canada, the polar bear is loved and feared and is a symbol of many things. They are a wonder of nature. A symbol of a changing climate. An animal to be respected and feared. But they are also, to the Inuit, food and clothing. And a revenue stream. To scientists and nature lovers, the bears are a species at risk, and their declining population can serve as a warning bell.

Our story today starts with a polar bear and ends in a courtroom in Canada’s North. And in between it touches on almost everything that’s integral to this country’s identity.

GUEST: Aaron Hutchins, Maclean’s (read Aaron’s feature right here)

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